Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Portland, OR

One of the best things about heating and cooling your Portland, OR home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is that it needs so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. Nevertheless, minimal maintenance isn’t the same as no maintenance. Keeping your system’s performance trouble-free and efficient calls for routinely checking the heat pump’s fluid levels and temperatures as well as cleaning or installing new filters in both the air handling unit and the geothermal ground-loop system. In addition to that, annual maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Total Energy Concepts. These complementary efforts – yours and ours – can assure that your compressors and circulation pumps endure for a solid 35 to 50 years, the reckoned life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

By all means, consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for information on the proper maintenance procedures. Suffice it to note here that checking fluid levels on the whole occasions checking on the amount of refrigerant necessary to run the geothermal heat pump.

There are in fact two filters in the air handling unit that must be changed periodically: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters capture airborne particles collected throughout your home; particles such as dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In general, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other sorts of acceptable filters that can be helpful to allergy sufferers.

The most common geothermal air filter is the disposable kind. Replace them every three months. Permanent filters, which you can refresh with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be pulled from the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s critical that you wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. It’s even more critical, in any event, that you cut the system off from all power sources beforehand!

For further details on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, study your O&M Manual or call on the pros at Total Energy Concepts. We’re at your service!